Post # 16
Florida native here! Don’t even consider the one in California. Universal Orlando wins hands down. (And so does Disney World over Disneyland).
You can easily do a two-day, two-park pass, and then ride the Hogswarts Express train between parks, haha. If you wanted to tack on an extra day, that would be fine too. I also strongly suggest staying at an on-site hotel that gives you fast pass privileges. Alternatively, you could purchase one. Staying on-site, though, makes life so much easier because you can easily navigate back to the room for a quick nap before returning to the fun, and you don’t have to deal with parking.
Two to three days is enough at the main parks. If you like water parks, you might also want to consider Universal Volcano Bay, which recently opened. Or you could make the trip to Disney and do one of its parks. It’s not far.
Post # 17
- Wedding: September 2019 - City, State
This is what my Fiance’ and I are planning to do…sounds like a good idea to me, at least we are hoping it is lol.
Post # 18
- Wedding: May 2019 - Green Bay, WI
That’s what we’re doing for our honeymoon at the end of May! We hate laying around and being lazy. We want to go out and DO things! CityWalk at Universal is full of things so I knew right away it would be fun for us to go to Orlando and stay onsite.
SO, we’re staying at Universal’s newest hotel, Aventura. It’s within Universal by the parks and City Walk so there’s TONS to do. There’s 3 bars in the hotel; main floor I think, a poolside bar, and a rooftop bar. We were upgraded to a skyline view room which sounds super cool. Oh, and you control most things in the room using a tablet! It’s super techy and modern. I’ve read a ton of great, positive reviews. The hotel just opened in August. The only negative things I’ve read have been about how it’s “not kid friendly” or “not as kid friendly as other Universal resorts” which honestly was perfect for us then—cuz honeymoon, lol.
With our booking (we booked straight through Universal) we also got 4-day, 3-park (park-to-park hopper) passes for Universal, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay (waterpark). Universal also gives you “Just Married” buttons if you ask for them at guest services and say you’re on your honeymoon. Couples have been given free meals, drinks, or been able to skip the lines at certain rides just by wearing their buttons.
Even with our flight (which I did find a decent deal on for $316 per person roundtrip) our total trip will be under $3k and we’re staying 10 days. That also includes the park tickets. It does not include food yet though. But, booking directly through Universal allows you to pay in monthly installments which is what we’re doing. $200/month for the next year roughly. But, that works better for us because hey, we got a wedding to pay off too!
Booking through Universal also allows you the chance to sign up for a dining plan within Universal. We didn’t sign up for one yet—but we can still “add-on” through our online portal which is pretty neat. We may add just 4 days of dining plan for the 4 days we’ll be at the parks.
We’re also considering doing a day at Discovery Cove (one of SeaWorld’s parks) to swim with the dolphins and play with otters.
Good luck planning! We’re SO excited for our trip!
Post # 19
I love universals! I am in CA, so I go to the one here. I like the walking strip right outside the park with all the restaurants and stores and entertainmetn as well. I’d go for a day, maybeee two. And have other days top sight see and walk around the area/city.